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Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, is clear of the legal challenge related to its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) production contract award after a competitor withdrew its protest from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Last week, the Court of Federal Claims denied the competitor’s request for a preliminary injunction, which allowed Oshkosh to continue work under the $6.7 billion JLTV contract. The JLTV program is cited among the Department of Defense’s top modernization priorities.
“Throughout this protest process, we have remained confident that Oshkosh provided the most capable vehicle and best overall value in the JLTV competition,” said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh Corporation president and chief executive officer. “Because the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ JLTV testing and evaluation process was extremely thorough, our nation’s Soldiers and Marines can rest assured they will be receiving the most advanced light tactical vehicle ever built.”
The JLTV program is a top priority for the Department of Defense, filling a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a modern light vehicle that provides unprecedented protection and off-road mobility, as well as transportability via air, land and sea. The JLTV production contract calls for Oshkosh to deliver a total of nearly 17,000 vehicles, as well as kits and sustainment services over an eight-year period.
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For decades Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance. Oshkosh Defense, LLC is an Oshkosh Corporation company.
About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide by rental companies, concrete placement and refuse collection businesses, fire & emergency departments, municipal and airport services and defense forces, where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount.
Crystal Group's rugged embedded computer selected for Rapid Imaging's LandForm+ Mission Management System
Hiawatha, IA, February 25 - Crystal Group Inc., a trusted manufacturer of rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) custom-developed computers, displays, switches, and storage devices, announced today the availability of a new case study detailing how the company’s RE0412 Rugged Embedded Computer helped Rapid Imaging to offer a high reliability and low maintenance software system for moving map, sensor control, target manager, video recording, and augmented reality overlays.
Rapid Imaging Software, Inc. specializes in augmented realty used in manned and unmanned ISR missions, wildlife research, and airport obstacle management. “Our customers operate in challenging airborne conditions. We needed hardware that would integrate easily and operate reliably and Crystal had the solution,” said Rapid Imaging Vice President of Operations, David Geisler.
Crystal Group’s RE0412 Rugged Embedded Computer was selected for the project, customized to meet Rapid Imaging’s engineering requirements, and private labeled as Rapid Imaging Software. The system offers easy hardware integration, reliable hardware performance, easy-to-use interface, and enhanced situational awareness. “Our superior SWaP performance combined with an airworthy (DO160) compliant DC power supply in a 4.5 lb. package makes this an excellent selection for Rapid Imaging Software Inc.,” commented Crystal Group’s Jim Shaw, Executive Vice President of Engineering.
About Rapid Imaging
Rapid Imaging Software, Inc. has been specializing in augmented realty since 1995. The company offers a variety of software applications that blend 3D map data with video. The combination gives sensor operators complete information from the field of operation. Rapid Imaging is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
About Crystal Group Inc.
Crystal Group Inc., an employee-owned small business located in Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, is a technology innovation leader specializing in both custom and COTS products for defense, government, and industrial markets since 1987. Crystal Group designs and manufactures installation-ready rugged servers, displays, networking devices, embedded systems, power supplies and storage devices that fit critical applications in demanding environmental conditions.
The company is certified to quality management standards AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008. Crystal Group products meet and exceed MIL-STDs 810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901, IEEE and IEC industrial standards. Additionally, the company offers integration services, configuration management, product life-cycle planning and 5+ year warranties.
San Francisco and Plantation, FL, February 29 - RSA Conference 2016 -- Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, will be showcasing its high assurance cryptographic solutions for digital trust management at this year's RSA Conference, February 29-March 4, 2016.
Digital trust management
Trust in the digital world is a tremendous challenge – mobile applications, cloud-based systems, and the Internet of Things – the scale of millions of devices and systems makes trusted relationships difficult to create. Trusted cryptography has long been seen as the 'go-to' technology to help ensure the confidentiality, authenticity and integrity of transactions. Thales's trust management vision builds upon our leading Hardware Security Module (HSM) platforms and extends into the management of those platforms to enforce broad levels of trust and secure operations, as well as the applications that utilize the cryptographic services of those platforms in solving customer problems. Visit us at RSA Conference to see how our portfolio of products delivers digital trust management.
Trust in applications
Learn how Thales's unique CodeSafe feature secures the execution of software and controls its access to keys and crypto to create a tamper-resistant application, supporting everything from secure device credentialing during manufacturing, digital content distribution and online authentication to Bitcoin transactions.
Trust in the cloud
Thales hardware security modules (HSMs) have provided reliable high-assurance key management for on premise deployments for more than a decade. Now it is bringing that same level of trust to keys in the cloud as a component of the Microsoft Azure Key Vault. With a unique 'Bring Your Own Key' capability, organizations can remain firmly in control.
Trust in the IoT
Thales's recently launched nShield XC delivers the high assurance crypto processing demanded by high volume PKI deployments and service providers required to build trust and control across large-scale distributed systems.
Trust in payments
Thales technology can help you incorporate mobile payments into your business while maintaining the highest levels of performance and security. Find out about our secure solutions for mobile point-of-sale (mPOS), host card emulation (HCE), secure mobile issuance and provisioning of payments credentials and security for cloud based wallets and peer-to-peer payments.
Encrypt everything everywhere
Thales recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Vormetric Data Security, strengthening our trust management strategy with the addition of Vormetric's data security and encryption solutions. Come and find out how together Thales and Vormetric will deliver seamless data-centric security to customers across the enterprise, with confidence, speed and trust.
New Global Encryption and Key Management Trends Study
Thales is releasing the 11th edition of its annual research report – 2016 Global Encryption Trends Study at the RSA Conference. The study, which is independently conducted by the Ponemon Institute, looks at the use of encryption, how it has evolved and its effect on the security posture of an organization. It reveals how and where different types of organizations are deploying encryption and addressing the key management challenges that result. Come and pick up your copy from our booth.
Visit Thales at booth #S1107 South Expo, RSA Conference, Moscone Center, San Francisco, February 29–March 4, 2016
About Thales e-Security
Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of digital trust management and data protection solutions that protect the world's most sensitive applications and information. Thales solutions address identity and privacy related challenges with hardware and software-based encryption, digital signature, and management capabilities. In today's increasingly connected world, our solutions help thwart today's targeted attacks and reduce the risk of sensitive data exposure introduced by cloud computing and virtualization, consumer devices in the workplace, increased mobility, big data, and more. Thales e-Security has a worldwide support capability, with regional headquarters in the United States, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.
Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe's leading players in the security market. The Group's security teams work with government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.
Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for critical state and military infrastructures, satellite networks and industrial and financial companies. With a presence throughout the entire security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, intrusion detection and architecture design to system certification, development and through-life management of products and services, and security supervision with Security Operation Centres in France the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.
Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions
Schaumburg, IL, and London, February 19 - Motorola Solutions today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Airwave, the largest private operator of a public safety network in the world.
“The acquisition of Airwave enables us to significantly grow our managed and support services business and reflects our commitment to the public safety users in Great Britain,” said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “The combination of our years of experience as a trusted global leader in mission-critical communications and Airwave’s proven service delivery platform will provide Great Britain with innovative emergency services technology that enhances public safety today and into the future.”
Airwave delivers mission-critical voice and data communications to more than 300 emergency and public service agencies in Great Britain, including police, fire, rescue and ambulance services.Motorola Solutions has been a trusted, reliable communications partner to the emergency services community in Great Britain for more than 45 years. Recently, the UK Home Office awardedMotorola Solutions a long-term contract for the user services (Lot 2) for the Emergency Services Network (ESN), the future public safety network based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology.
Motorola Solutions purchased Airwave on a debt-free basis with a net cash payment of approximately £700 million (approximately $1 billion) at closing. In addition, a deferred cash payment of £64 million (approximately $90 million) will be made in November 2018.
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities.
February 22 - Precise Biometrics’ product for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch™ Mobile, has through cooperation with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) been integrated in a new smartphone from a South Korean vendor.
The integration will generate royalty revenue starting from the first quarter 2016. Royalty revenues are based on the number of sensors FPC delivers to the mobile phone manufacturer and cannot be forecasted at this point.
”We are very pleased that this South Korean vendor has chosen to switch algorithm solution from a local supplier to Precise BioMatch Mobile. It is a sign of strength of our technology and confirms that we offer the best performance for fingerprint recognition. Precise Biometrics fingerprint software is now integrated in products from 30 vendors and has become the preferred choice to ensure a superior user experience and secure identity verification on mobile devices”, says Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics.
Precise BioMatch Mobile is the industry leading algorithm solution for convenient and secure fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The unique and patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. Precise BioMatch Mobile offers fast, accurate, and secure verification of user’s identity, creating a convenient user experience when unlocking mobile devices or authenticating to services.
ABOUT PRECISE BIOMETRICS
Precise Biometrics is a market-leading provider of solutions that prove people's identities through smart cards and fingerprint recognition. The company´s products can be used for ID, enterprise and bank cards as well as access to mobile solutions, computers and networks. Precise Biometrics serves business and government organizations throughout the world and its products are licensed to close to 160 million users.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced additional enhancements to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), as part of the continued implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).
Last month, the United States began implementing changes under the Act. Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
- Nationals of VWP countries who have been present in Iraq, Syria, or countries listed under specified designation lists (currently including Iran and Sudan) at any time on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited government/military exceptions).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan.
As part of the implementation, as of today an updated ESTA application form is now available. The new form contains additional questions to address the travel eligibility requirements called for in the Act. CBP encourages travelers seeking an ESTA to use the enhanced system, which will also assist in making determinations on the potential granting of a waiver. Travelers will not be able to apply separately for a waiver of the new restrictions.
Under the new law, the Secretary of Homeland Security may waive these restrictions if he determines that such a waiver is in the law enforcement or national security interest of the United States. Such waivers will be granted only on a case-by-case basis in the near future. As a general matter, categories of travelers who may be eligible for a waiver include individuals who traveled to these countries on behalf of international organizations, regional organizations, and sub-national governments on official duty; on behalf of humanitarian non-governmental organizations on official duty; or as a journalist for reporting purposes. Additionally individuals who traveled to Iran (only after July 14, 2015) or Iraq for legitimate business-related purposes may be eligible for a waiver.
Additionally, pursuant to the Act, last week the Secretary of Homeland Security determined that Libya, Somalia and Yemen be included as countries of concern, specifically for individuals who have traveled to these countries since March 1, 2011. An updated ESTA application with additional questions on travel to Libya, Somalia, and Yemen will be released this spring 2016 to address exceptions for diplomatic- and military-related travel provided for in the Act. As announced last week, as a general matter, categories of travelers who may be eligible for a waiver include individuals who traveled to these countries on behalf of international organizations, regional organizations, and sub-national governments on official duty; on behalf of a humanitarian NGO on official duty; or as a journalist for reporting purposes.
DHS continues to review the security of the Visa Waiver Program, the threat environment, and potential vulnerabilities. These recent measures are the latest in a series of actions over the past 15 months to strengthen the security of the VWP and ensure the Program’s requirements are commensurate with the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters, many of whom are nationals of VWP countries.
Individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular immigration process at U.S. embassies or consulates. For those who need a U.S. visa for urgent business, medical, or humanitarian travel to the United States, U.S. embassies and consulates stand ready to provide visa interview appointments on an expedited basis. The new law does not ban travel to the United States, or admission into the United States, and the great majority of VWP travelers will not be affected.
Current ESTA holders should check their ESTA status prior to travel on CBP’s website, esta.cbp.dhs.gov. If a traveler needs to speak to someone immediately, they may contact the CBP information Center, www.cbp.gov/contact or their closest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Ronald Vitiello, acting chief, Border Patrol
By Steve Bittenbender
The number of people apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials dropped by nearly 30 percent last year, and officials with the agency hailed that drop as a sign of progress as they testified before a Congressional committee Tuesday morning.
The 337,117 apprehensions during the 2015 fiscal year stands as an indicator of the total number of illegal entries, said Ronald Vitiello, acting chief for the Border Patrol. Vitiello and Randolph D. Alles, assistant commissioner over CBP’s Air and Marine Operations testified before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.
The focus of the hearing was on how CBP measures the effectiveness of their agents along the borders as well as their situational awareness, primarily the country’s southwest border with Mexico.
Not only are the number of apprehensions decreasing, but the number of repeat offenders are too, said Vitiello, who was named acting chief in November. Last year, only 14 percent of those apprehended were caught more than once, compared to an average of 27 percent in years past.
“Recidivism and the average number of apprehensions per recidivist are the strongest indicators of CDS effectiveness,” Vitiello said, noting the average number of apprehensions per repeat offender dropped from 2.71 to 2.38 times last year.
Over the last decade, the Department of Homeland Security has beefed up CBP resources, allowing the agency to add thousands of agents and other law enforcement officers to patrol the border. DHS funding also has led to investments in surveillance technology, which CBP officials have implemented in more remote stretches of the Mexican border.
“This shift in border security resources and overall border security management is responsible for the significant decrease in the illegal flow of people across the Southwest border over the last 10 years,” Vitiello said.
Rep. Martha McSally, the subcommittee’s chairwoman, acknowledged that CBP has made progress, but the Arizona Republican was skeptical about the claims Vitiello and Alles made. Specifically, she pointed to CBP saying it had 81 percent effectiveness in patrolling the Mexican border. She also said the number of apprehensions included children who were by themselves and voluntarily turned themselves in to CBP custody.
“Finally, the numbers don’t tell us where the illicit activity was intercepted, which can sometimes be 100 miles or deeper into the U.S., putting border communities in danger as traffickers transit our communities before they are caught,” Rep. McSally added.
She also questioned whether CBP truly knew where drug cartels were infiltrating and getting their narcotics into the country.
“Without situational awareness we are essentially flying blind, and that cannot continue,” she added.
The Government Accountability Office also presented testimony at Tuesday’s hearing. In its report, the office noted that CBP has nearly doubled the number of agents patrolling the Mexican border in the 11 years since DHS assumed responsibility for border security. Last year, CBP had about 17,500 agents working the U.S.-Mexican border.
However, Rebecca Gambler, GAO’s director for Homeland Security and Justice said CBP needs to do more to truly evaluate its effectiveness in monitoring border activity. One thing CBP can do is be more consistent in its scheduling and deployment of agents, as there were large differences between the work schedules of agents from different sectors.
Border Patrol officials also have not yet fully assessed the effectiveness of the technology in use along the border, Gambler said. Such tools are scheduled to be in place by the end of September.
“While these are positive steps, until CBP completes its efforts to address our recommendation and fully develop and apply key attributes for performance metrics for all technologies to be deployed under the Plan, it will not be able to fully assess its progress in implementing the Plan and determine when mission benefits have been fully realized,” Gambler said in her report.
Vitiello said CBP officials understand the need to develop proper metrics and will share those with subcommittee members when they are established.
“However, due to the sheer size of the air, land, and sea borders, and the motivation of individuals to illegally enter the United States, challenges still exist to measure our success,” Vitiello said. “Furthermore, as border security operations become increasingly integrated, the ability to quantify individual contributions to shared outcomes becomes increasingly complex. AMO and USBP will continue to collaborate with internal and external partners to enhance current metrics, and develop new metrics, that provide meaningful outcome-focused measurements of illegal activity, trends and effectiveness.”
Dr. Fang Liu, ICAO and Angela Gittens, ACI
Montreal, February 29 - ICAO and Airports Council International (ACI) have announced a new agreement aimed at reinforcing cooperation on airport security.
The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will see the UN aviation agency working more closely with ACI towards the objectives of ACI’s Airport Excellence (APEX) in Security programme, including working together to deliver security reviews, technical assistance, programmes for airport personnel training and the enhancement of regional partnerships.
“This new agreement establishes a framework for cooperation which will help to improve airport security worldwide,” explained ICAO’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu. “ICAO very much appreciates ACI’s proactive leadership on all aspects of effective airport operation, and by improving our cooperation we can better ensure that international airports remain suitably secure and efficient, and have the necessary tools for driving increased economic development and global connectivity.”
The APEX in Security programme is designed to help airports identify and address security vulnerabilities through a peer review process that offers advice on best practices and identification of areas for improvement. The ultimate aim of the programme is to promote more secure airport operations worldwide.
“I would like to thank Dr. Liu and ICAO for their unwavering support of APEX,” said ACI World Director General Angela Gittens. “ACI and ICAO are fully aligned in our belief that a sustainable, successful aviation industry is built upon a foundation of safety and security. With this signing we lay the groundwork to further strengthen that foundation.
Since 2005, Industrial Networks (INet) has transformed the rail industry for shippers and provided tools to automate the complete process of rail and truck shipping. INet’s stationary and mobile Automated Equipment Identification (AEI) readers provide pivotal rail and truck shipment management for control over in-plant operations. This automation reduces the occurrence of errors and improves overall productivity for shippers across North America.
In late 2015, INet applied for exemption to Section 333 of the FFA Reform Act in the railcar inspection and inventory market space and began testing a new drone AEI reader, the INet Rail Automation Drone (IRAD1), which will change the face of railyard automation once again. It’s a bold plan that requires safety testing and FAA approvals, but will give rail shippers a greater amount of flexibility in their railyards. The IRAD1 will be capable of fully autonomous scanning of the railyard for inventory and inspection of a railcar. Built into the drone is an elaborate collision detection and avoidance system to help avoid objects in the flight path and reinforce safety. Research shows these sophisticated systems are highly effective. This tool gives the IRAD1 the ability to be a completely autonomous AEI scanner. This will lead to faster data collection and help the business reduce workforce requirements.
INet’s current collection of AEI-scanning tools includes stationary and handheld readers and automates data collection in the field. This is critical in alleviating manual data entry errors and expediting the turnaround of railcars within a facility. The addition of the IRAD1 to INet’s arsenal of AEI-scanning tools helps the customer create a work environment that is specific for their business.
“Advancement in drone technology has allowed Industrial Networks to explore what we feel is the future of rail automation,” said Jimmy Finster, president of Industrial Networks. “We are continuously researching new and innovative ways to help our customers improve their operations and streamline their daily processes.”
Adm. Paul Zukunft, Coast Guard Commandant
Washington, DC, February 24 - U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivered the 2016 State of the Coast Guard Address at U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium on Feb. 23.
This was Adm. Zukunft’s second State of the Coast Guard Address and he welcomed the opportunity to recognize Service accomplishments, reinforce his strategic intent and provide direction for the coming year.
"Now, on behalf of the 88,000 women and men of the Coast Guard, I profoundly thank the 114th Congress and this Administration for delivering an authorization bill along with the largest acquisition budget in Coast Guard history,” stated Zukunft.
The commandant’s speech focused on how the budget is being driven by strategy and how the budget will support his priorities to invest in the 21st century Coast Guard, sustain mission excellence, and maximize value to the nation.
The Western Hemisphere Strategy was a topic of the strategic conversation. The Commandant affirmed that in Fiscal Year 2015, Coast Guard assets interdicted or disrupted more than 190 metric tons of cocaine and detained more than 700 suspected drug smugglers detained for prosecution.
“When I met recently with the President of Honduras, he noted a 23 percent decrease in violent crime in his country – a result he attributes to whole of government drug interdiction,” said Zukunft. “The increased budget allows me to invest in our capital fleet and intelligence programs so that we can continue to reestablish rule of law and stability in our own hemisphere.”
The Commandant elaborated on what the 2017 budget means for the Arctic Strategy and how it paves the way to recapitalize the diminishing fleet of heavy icebreakers.
“Currently, the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is returning home upon completion of its third consecutive mission to Antarctica, flying the flag of our Nation’s sole operational heavy icebreaker capable of operating in ice up to 21-feet thick. It causes me great discomfort as it should everyone in this audience that the U.S. has no insurance policy – no self-rescue capability whatsoever – should Polar Star and her nearly 40-year-old engineering plant suffer an engineering casualty and become beset in the ice of Antarctica,” stated Zukunft. “However, the budget includes funding to accelerate the acquisition of heavy icebreakers, and as I have previously mentioned, I am grateful for the President’s ardent support to ensure the United States maintains year-round access to the strategic polar regions. I am committed to the safety, security and environmental stewardship of the Arctic, and I will continue to lead this effort at the international level.”
The Commandant also highlighted the recently released Human Capital Strategy.
“For all the investments we are making in our capital plant – if they are not matched with a commensurate investment in our people – those aircraft, cutters, rescue boats and the skill sets required to operate them will become hollow,” said Zukunft. “Which is why our Human Capital Strategy and retaining our most vital asset – our people – is the bedrock of the State of the Coast Guard.”
The Commandant closed by saying that he is very optimistic in today’s state of the Coast Guard and that “these are truly the Finest Hours to serve in the United States Coast Guard.”